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15 Delicious Winter Soup Recipes to Keep You Cozy

These cozy winter soup recipes are perfect for chilly nights when you want something healthy, hearty, and tasty for dinner.

It’s hard to want to drink a bunch of water on cold winter days, so to stay hydrated it’s important to drink warm beverages and to make sure your food has high water content. That’s why making soup and eating vegetables is so important during the colder months!

How to Make Great Winter Soups

A good winter soup fills you up, has a punch of flavor, and has nutritious seasonal produce. Learning to build flavor in soup is essential – you can do it by simmering your soup for a long time, adding flavor bombs like stock cubes or dashi, or adding spices to your soup.

Choosing in-season produce will yield tasty and flavorful soup. Some seasonal produce that works well in soup includes butternut squash, potatoes, cauliflower, kale, fennel, turnips, leeks, and onions.

Beans also make a great base for a soup – when their starches break down they help everything stick together and can be used to create a creamy texture. They’re also very filling!

Winter Soup Recipes You'll Love

What are your favorite winter soup recipes?

Tips for Making an Excellent Bowl of Soup

Here are some of our best tips for making great soup.

  • Choose high-quality, seasonal vegetables. Buying local and seasonal vegetables will not only taste the best but it will be cheaper.
  • Use beans. Beans are cheap, filling, and tasty. When simmered in a soup they release starch that helps thicken a soup.
  • Add flavor bombs. Chicken or vegetable stock or stock cubes and dashi can make a great base for soups. Also, consider using chiles like chipotle chile in adobo or a can of diced green chiles to add a depth of flavor.
  • Think about the texture. Make sure to have a balance of crunchy and creamy ingredients.
  • Don’t forget the salt. Sea salt and kosher salt are both great in soups and bring out the natural flavors of the food.
  • Taste as you go. Take little sips and adjust seasonings as necessary while you’re cooking.

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